Samuel Eto’o has cleared the confusions surrounding his relationship with Jose Mourinho in the past and also his comments about Chelsea FC.
“I’d rather sell groundnuts in my village than to play for a pathetic team like Chelsea,” said Eto’o while playing for Barcelona.
Yet, he has signed for Chelsea and has taken a massive pay cut to the tune of £12 million in order to do so. In an interview given to The Sun, Eto’o has said that the comments were made at a time when he did not know Mourinho very well. He has also reiterated that the comments were not made against Chelsea as a club, but against Mourinho’s Chelsea.
“I was talking about Jose – not about Chelsea. Before meeting at Inter, we didn’t know each other personally, so our relationship was tense. I even said one time that I’d never play for a club where Jose was coach.
“But God knows best. He wanted to show me that I was wrong and today Jose is a friend. Now he’s my coach again.
“He’s as good on the pitch as off it and this is rare for a manager. He’s sincere and straightforward. He’s one of the best,” said Eto’o.
This interview is a slap in the face for all those questioned whether Chelsea fans will treat Eto’o in the same way as they did Rafa Benitez.
Eto’o spent only a season with Mourinho at Inter Milan before the Portuguese parted ways to become the Real Madrid manager. Yet, this one season proved to be a hugely successful one, as Inter lifted the Champions League, Italian Serie A, and Coppa Italia.
First Chelsea interview of Eto’o: